So it was no surprise when host Reba McEntire announced he was not able to accept the award in person. "To be out here with the country music family, my friends and people in the country music world", he said.
The ceremony will feature a special tribute to the victims and survivors of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last October in Las Vegas. This year marks his very first nomination for entertainer of the year, where he will battle Garth Brooks, Urban, both Bryan and Aldean, who has won the honour the past two years.
The 2018 ACM Awards air live tonight, on April 15, 2018. I said, 'Sure!' I miss it.
Carrie Underwood shared a photo of herself rehearsing for her comeback performance at the ACM Awards after a freak accident caused her to not only break her wrist but receive over 40 stitches to her face in November of 2017.
Chris Stapleton has the most nominations for the night.
Reba McEntire is back for the 53rd ACM Awards, so we're telling you how to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards online and watch the Academy of Country Music Awards live Sunday to see her triumphant return to the awards-show stage.
Rhett earned six nominations, Urban and songwriter-producer Shane McAnally are up for five awards, and Lambert and Morris will each compete for four honors.
Chris Young is also nominated for male vocalist. Those up for Song of the Year this year are the songs "Body Like a Back Road", "Female", "Tin Man", and "Whiskey and You".
David Boreanaz, Ashton Kutcher, and Nancy O'Dell are among the Hollywood star presenters.